GRAIN VALLEY, Mo. — The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) says current discussions about safety technologies and revisions to hours-of-service rules ignore the need for better training standards for entry-level drivers.
“Instead of relying on technology and making misguided, hours-of-service regulations changes, the focus should instead be on training standards for entry-level drivers,” said OOIDA executive vice-president Todd Spencer.
“Despite orders from Congress in 1991, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has still not made training new drivers a priority.”
Spencer noted changes to the US hours-of-service rules implemented last year have caused many drivers to spend more time on the road and less at home. He also noted fatigue is rarely the cause of truck-involved crashes.
“Statistically, fatigue almost never is the cause of truck-related crashes and yet the data is grossly exaggerated to 30 or more per cent,” said Spencer.
He cited FMCSA statistics that indicate fatigue is a factor in just 1.8% of truck crashes.
“Truckers are not causing the majority of highway crashes, but are unfairly blamed,” said Spencer. “Most are doing their best to drive safely as hard-working individuals and should be recognized for the sacrifices they make and the contribution they make to the economy.”
OOIDA has launched a Web site dedicated to highway safety at www.TruckersForSafety.com.
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